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DAVYDENKO TO PLAY DESPITE BETTING INVESTIGATION

TENNIS

Nikolay Davydenko will play in the Rogers Cup tournament this week amid an investigation into irregular betting patterns on one of his matches. The Association of Tennis Professionals said it had no plans to suspend him or ask him to sit out.

"It is important that we not jump to conclusions, especially when players' reputations could be unfairly tainted," ATP executive chairman Etienne de Villiers said. "What we must do is carry out a comprehensive and immediate investigation, and that is what we are doing."

Davydenko is seeded fourth and won't play until the second round Wednesday.

Also, qualifier Robin Haase upset 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the rain-delayed first round of the tournament. Lleyton Hewitt beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in a matchup of former top-ranked players.

POWER INDEX: The WTA Tour introduced a statistic to measure who hits the ball hardest in women's tennis.

Venus Williams ranked No. 1 in the new "power index" during last week's Acura Classic, averaging 94.5 mph on her hardest shots.

Maria Kirilenko finished at 92.7 mph. Victoria Azarenka was third at 92.3 mph, followed by tournament champion Maria Sharapova at 90.5 mph.

The index takes into account a player's fastest groundstroke (forehand or backhand), first serve, second serve, first-serve return, second-serve return and smash or volley.

WITHDRAWAL: Amelie Mauresmo withdrew from the Pilot Pen and Rogers Cup tournaments, citing a need to fully recover from her appendectomy in March.

ET CETERA

NBA: Yao Ming married his girlfriend at a swanky hotel in his hometown of Shanghai. Yao, Houston's star center, tied the knot with Ye Li, a 6-foot-2 player on the Chinese women's basketball team in a ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel, sina.com reported. ... Rockets guard Rafer Alston was arrested early Sunday in downtown Houston on charges of assault and public intoxication, police said.

OLYMPICS: Andre Iguodala, Al Jefferson and eight other young NBA players will help the U.S. men's basketball team prepare for the FIBA Americas Championship, a qualifying tournament.

SOCCER: All 45,000 tickets have been sold for Thursday night's game between Los Angeles and D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Most were sold long before fans realized the severity of an ankle injury that has kept David Beckham from making his competitive debut. ... FIFA moved the Women's World Cup match between Japan and Germany from Sept. 18 to Sept. 17 because of crowd safety concerns expressed by host China. The original date marks the anniversary of the 1931 "Mukden Incident" that led to the Japanese occupation of China's northeast.

SWIMMING: Laure Manaudou was fired by her Italian club because of her behavior at a meet in Paris. The team said she could return, but she must apologize to her trainer, Paolo Penso, and the French national team.

WNBA: Seattle will be without leading scorer Lauren Jackson and center Janell Burse for a two-game road trip to Minnesota and Detroit. Jackson returned to Australia to be with an ill family member and is expected back Saturday, and Burse has played despite pain in her left wrist due to damaged ligaments. She is scheduled for surgery Aug. 14 and could play Saturday after being re-examined.

Times wires

GOLF

FUTURE UCF PLAYER WINS TOURNAMENT

Jhared Hack, an incoming freshman at Central Florida, became the second-youngest player to win the Western Amateur championship, defeating Alex Prugh 1-up in a match-play final in Benton Township, Mich. Neither player held more than a 1-up lead. Rain on Sunday forced the final to be pushed back a day. Hack turns 18 on Sunday.

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